Rest in Peace, Samantha
A few months ago, Anchorage citizen Samantha Koenig, was abducted from a local coffee cart. It was nearly two months before she was found, murdered and placed beneath the ice in Matanuska Lake in the Matanuska-Susitna Valley. No one deserves what happened to this young lady.
Her family, friends and community members who did not even know her, searched, contributed money to a fund dedicated to looking for her, and held out hope that she would be returned home, alive and ready to live her life to the fullest.
|A send off for Samantha at West Anchorage High School April 22.|
That did not happen. And today there was a memorial service of her life at West Anchorage High School. Hundreds attended, including Anchorage Police and Firefighters.
A note appeared on Facebook asking if there would be a memorial ride, and so since it needed to be done, I said I'd organize one. Samantha had worked for a time at the House of Harley, and made a lot of friends and acquaintances during that time. I don't know that I met her, but have heard of her friendliness, her lovely smile and infectious laugh.
Lime green was her favorite color, so I put together 40 armbands of lime green ribbon and lime green and black netting. There were also lime green ribbons for the bikes.
|Armbands for the memorial ride.|
As we gathered at the shop today, those 40 armbands disappeared in five minutes. Sixty-three bikes and more riders came out for Sam's memorial run. What a wonderful turnout by our biker community. The motorcycling community and the City of Anchorage citizens came together in this time of tragedy to provide a beautiful and heartbreaking send off for their angel.
|Bikers for Samantha.|
|Sixty-three bikes rode in the memorial parade.|
Samantha Koenig – taken long before her life had really begun. Rest in Peace, Samantha.